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Symptoms of Emphysema

Symptoms of Emphysema: Introduction

The severity of symptoms of emphysema varies between individuals and the amount of lung damage that has been done. Symptoms are related to the lower levels of oxygen in the blood that is the result of lung damage due to emphysema.

Typical symptoms include shortness of breath, especially with exertion, and wheezing (a whistling sound made with breathing). Chest tightness with breathing also occurs.

Other symptoms can include change in alertness or mental status, fatigue, weakness, confusion, anxiety, dizziness, and pallor or cyanosis (blue tinged coloring of the skin, especially around the mouth in the extremities). These are often symptoms of worsening emphysema.

Complications of emphysema can be life threatening and include pneumonia, heart disease, and hypertension. Symptoms of complications may include shortness of breath, chest pain, hypertension, fever, pallor, change in consciousness, and cardiac arrhythmias....more about Emphysema »

Emphysema symptoms: Symptoms of emphysema include shortness of breath, especially with exertion, wheezing (a whistling sound made with breathing) and chest tightness. Symptoms can also include an ongoing loose cough that produces large amount of mucus (smoker's cough). This is often the result of chronic bronchitis, another form of COPD that often accompanies emphysema. Other symptoms can include change in alertness or mental status, confusion, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, and pallor or cyanosis (blue tinged coloring of the skin, especially around the mouth in the extremities). These symptoms are related to a lack of adequate amounts of oxygen in the blood.

Not all symptoms of emphysema are always related to emphysema. Although difficulty breathing is typical of emphysema, it and other symptoms can be related to many other potentially serious conditions, including cardiovascular conditions, such as myocardial infarction (heart attack) and congestive heart failure. Only a thorough evaluation by a professional health care provider can determine what is causing and how to treat your particular symptoms....more about Emphysema »

Symptoms of Emphysema

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Emphysema includes the 14 symptoms listed below:

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Emphysema: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Emphysema?

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Emphysema as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Emphysema, it is also important to consider Emphysema as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Emphysema may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Emphysema. This signs and symptoms information for Emphysema has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Emphysema signs or Emphysema symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Emphysema may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Emphysema symptoms.


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